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Frequently Asked Questions Insurance

Retirement and FEGLI

  • No. There are no waivers of the five year/all opportunity rule for continuing FEGLI life insurance coverage into retirement. There are no exceptions to the "no waiver" rule — it does not matter whether you retire on disability, accept a voluntary incentive payment, etc. The only way to continue coverage into retirement is to meet the five year/all opportunity rule. Yes, this is different from the health benefits program which does allow for waivers under certain circumstances. For more information about retiring with FEGLI life insurance, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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  • When you retire, you are eligible to continue life insurance if you meet all of the following requirements:
    • you are entitled to retire on an immediate annuity under a retirement system for civilian employees;
    • you have been insured for the 5 years of service immediately before the date your annuity starts, or for the full period(s) of service during which you were eligible to be insured if less than 5 years; and
    • you have not converted to an individual policy.
    You must meet the five year/all opportunity requirement for Basic and each type of Optional insurance in order to continue it into retirement. For purposes of continuing FEGLI coverage into retirement, "service" means time in a position in which you were eligible for coverage. Breaks in service are not counted as interruptions in coverage. An example will help.
    • Joan first became eligible and enrolled in Basic and Option A coverage on February 11, 1990. She had a break in service from January 1, 1994, through January 1, 1996. Upon her return to service on January 2, 1996, she was automatically given Basic and Option A. She retires on December 31, 1997. She is eligible to continue her Basic and Option A coverage into retirement, since she has been continuously enrolled for the 5 years of service immediately before retirement.
    Here's another example.
    • Theodore had Basic only when he was hired in May 1966. In 1981, during the Open Season, he elected Basic and Option B, two times his salary. In November 1996, he married Isabelle and also acquired two stepchildren. Based on this life event, Theodore added 3 multiples of Option B, for a total of five multiples. Theodore retired in May 1999. He is eligible to continue Basic and Option B, two multiples, into retirement. He cannot continue the three multiples he picked up when he married because he did not have them for the five years of service immediately before his retirement nor did he have them for all the time they were available to him.
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  • You may contact OPM's Retirement Office by phone at 1 (888) 767-6738 or by e-mail at retire@opm.gov. The phone lines are open Monday through Friday 7:30am to 7:45pm eastern time.  If you have difficulty getting through, try to call early in the morning or late in the evening when the lines are less busy.
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  • No. You may cancel life insurance coverage at any time. Be aware that your opportunities to re-enroll are limited.
    • Employees:
    To cancel some or all FEGLI coverage as an employee, submit SF 2817 to your human resources office and sign only for the FEGLI coverage that you want to KEEP.
    • Retirees:
    To cancel some or all FEGLI coverage as an annuitant, there is no form.  You must write a letter to: Office of Personnel Management  Retirement Operations Center  P.O. Box 45  Boyers, PA 16017-0045 Any cancellation or reduction of life insurance must be in writing and have an original signature by the insured retiree.  Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA number) or social security number and specify what action you want taken.  Please note you cannot increase your coverage after retirement, or reinstate any coverage that you cancel.    The cancellation is effective, and all insurance stops, at the end of the pay period in which you properly file the waiver.  For retirees, a month is considered a pay period. You continue to have the coverage through the pay period in which you file the waiver and must pay premiums for that pay period.  You will not receive a refund for premiums withheld prior to the effective date of cancellation.
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